Two aid workers kidnapped in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia –Two humanitarian aid staff members have been kidnapped by al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab near Dollow town of Somalia.

The aid workers of Somali nationalities, who were working for Trocaire and World vision NGOs, were abducted by Al Shabaab after an attack in Geid weyn area, some 30km away from Dollow town.

Somali journalist Jeilani Hussein says the aid staff members came into the area for humanitarian assailment, after leaving from Luq, a town close to Kenyan border along Somalia.

Hussein says the aid organizations have been playing essential lifeline role in delivering humanitarian assistance in Gedo region of Somalia.

He said the militants held captive at undisclosed area near the town.

Somali armed group Al Shabaab has banned International and local aid agencies from operating in areas under its control.

Last year, a German nurse with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been kidnapped in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, according to a statement released by aid group.

Somalia collapsed into anarchy in 1991 when war lords overthrew a military regime.

Major armed conflict has since subsided, which allowed for parliamentary and presidential elections to take place in 2012.

Abdi Aziz Hassan Ibrahim is , a somali veteran journalist based in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Twitter @mareegonline Email: